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as partners. president mazzucco: anything further? please call item d. secretary falvey: item number d, commission announcements and scheduling of items. president mazzucco: do you have anything? secretary falvey: no. president mazzucco: we were at over 70 cases, and now we are in the teens. during the hearings, we take this role very seriously, but i really want to commend the commission. this was a very, very drastic situation, and it is a more than
manageable situation, so we want to thank you for that. we are down to 16 cases. thank you. commissioners? commissioner chan? vice president marshawn: -- marshall: people did not think we could do that. >> i apologize. this cheap has made it clear. he has gone and told the officers. the message is clear. if you have made a mistake and are having a tough time, this commission will work with you, but if you lie, you will be gone, and that is pretty clear. commissioner chan: i wanted to ask about language access. i thought we had scheduled it for another week, but i cannot find it.
i know the occ has been involved, so if the occ would like to co-present, i would welcome that. we had asked for an update on where they are, what they have implemented. president mazzucco: commissioner slaughter? commissioner slaughter: thank you, president mazzucco. this goes into your priorities matrix, to speak. the idea that we as a commission
ought to consider how often we need to meet, a big part of why we regularly meet is to handle what had been a very serious disciplinary caseload. they could be meeting rather than four times a month. i think it is something we ought to consider as a group. i think there was a reason why we were meeting every week, and i think having a little more time would provide some thoughtful meetings.
commissioner kingsley: i think that should be part of the discussion, both of them together. what we are trying to do is get our arms around what are the fixed obligations of the commission and putting that into our schedule as well as the variable. i put mine on that. president mazzucco: any comment on these items? >> i have something to do about those cleaning up the backlog, and jim hammer who sat right there. these people were frontline. jim hamer was the one. if you remember, mr. president, he had the one to streamline it.
these people are not here now. they moved onto other things, but they deserve some credit, as well. president mazzucco: i agree? any public comment on any of these line items? i bet you want to talk about patrol specials? ok. >> i just want to follow up with some items with chief suhr. >> i talked with you the day after i was arrested. again. it turned out to be a false arrest. you have now had over 60 weeks.
violate the law. the entire beat has been illegally operated. we are not sure for how long but for some time. apparently the only people who can stop him, we need to be stopped. i should not be arrested. i am an innocent person. this is the third time they have done this to me. this is the first time they have absolutely no made up evidence to use as a cause, so they had to let me go. it took $50,000 of my money, soon to be your money, city of san francisco, but a long story short, you have had weeks to consider this. i have seen you do nothing. i should take that back. they are marching a little more tightly, but they are still committing crimes. please do your duty. thank you.
president mazzucco: next speaker. with reference to a, b, c, and d. >> public comments on item number two? would you make a special exception? occupy sf. let me fourth say that i am the council for -- let me say first that i am council for -- counsel for occupy sf. there was a problem with unilateral initiative by police
officers. we were told at that time with his last comment that he was the one you gave the orders, and there would be no unilateral -- by the police force. that we would be given notice and a chance to cure any default or any problem that there was. i know that the police chief, greg suhr, were not there. two officers took down a tent. one officer did not know who her supervisor was. when her partner came up, saying things like, "i hope i am not causing a problem drinking a starbucks coffee year because it was a corporation," he did know who the supervisor was. a lieutenant has on its own initiative done this more than once. today's breaking of the
agreement to work together should be addressed by this august commission, and i hope that you will take appropriate steps immediately. thank you. president mazzucco: thank you. any further public comment on line items 3 a, b, c, and d? seeing none, item number four. secretary falvey: public comment on the minot -- items in a closed session. president mazzucco: today we are discussing an item that is confidential. there will be no comment on that. secretary
>> here we are at the embarcadero. we are standing at one of locations for the street artists. can you tell me about this particular location, the program? >> this location is very significant. this was the very first and only location granted by the board of supervisors for the street artist when the program began in 1972. how does a person become a street artist? there are two major tenants.
you must make the work yourself and you must sell the work yourself. a street artist, the license, then submitting the work to a committee of artists. this committee actually watches them make the work in front of them so that we can verify that it is all their own work. >> what happened during the holiday to make this an exciting location? >> this would be a magic time of year. you would probably see this place is jammed with street artists. as the no, there is a lottery held at 6 in the morning. that is how sought after the spaces are. you might get as many as 150 street artists to show up for 50 spaces. >> what other areas can a licensed street artist go to? >> they can go to the fisherman's wharf area.
they can go in and around union square. we have space is now up in the castro, in fact. >> how many are there? >> we have about 420. >> are they here all year round? >> out of the 420, i know 150 to sell all year round. i mean like five-seven days a week. >> are they making their living of of this? >> this is their sole source of income for many. >> how long have you been with this program. how much has it changed? >> i have been with the program since it began 37 and a half years ago but i have seen changes in the trend. fashion comes and goes. >> i think that you can still find plenty of titis perhaps. >> this is because the 60's is
retro for a lot of people. i have seen that come back, yes. >> people still think of this city as the birth of that movement. great, thank you for talking about the background of the program. i'm excited to go shopping. >> i would like you to meet two street artists. this is linda and jeremy. >> night said to me to print them -- nice to meet you. >> can you talk to me about a variety of products that use cell? >> we have these lovely constructed platters.
we make these wonderful powder bowls. they can have a lot of color. >> york also using your license. -- you are also using your license. >> this means that i can register with the city. this makes sure that our family participated in making all of these. >> this comes by licensed artists. the person selling it is the person that made it. there is nothing better than the people that made it. >> i would like you to meet michael johnson. he has been in the program for over 8 years. >> nice to me you. what inspired your photography? >> i am inspired everything that i see.
the greatest thing about being a photographer is being able to show other people what i see. i have mostly worked in cuba and work that i shot here in san francisco. >> what is it about being a street artist that you particularly like? >> i liked it to the first day that i did it. i like talking to mentum people. talking about art or anything that comes to our minds. there is more visibility than i would see in any store front. this would cost us relatively very little. >> i am so happy to meet you. i wish you all of the best. >> you are the wonderful artist that makes these color coding. >> nice to me to.
>> i have been a street artist since 1976. >> how did you decide to be a street artist? >> i was working on union square. on lunch hours, i would be there visiting the artist. it was interesting, exciting, and i have a creative streak in me. it ranges from t-shirts, jackets, hats. what is the day of the life of a street artist? >> they have their 2536 in the morning. by the end of the day, the last people to pack the vehicle probably get on their own at 7:30 at night. >> nice to me to condemn the -- nice to meet you. >> it was a pleasure to share
we are a system of care that was probably based on the family practice model, but it was really clear that there are special populations with special needs. the cole street clinic is a youth clinic in the heart of the haight ashbury and they target youth. tom woodell takes care of many of the central city residents and they have great expertise in providing services for many of the homeless. potrero hill and southeast health centers are health centers in those particular communities that are family health centers, so they provide health care to patients across the age span. . >> many of our clients are working poor. they pay their taxes. they may run into a rough patch now and then and what we're able to provide is a bridge towards getting them back on
their feet. the center averages about 14,000 visits a year in the health clinic alone. one of the areas that we specialize in is family medicine, but the additional focus of that is is to provide care to women and children. women find out they're pregnant, we talk to them about the importance of getting good prenatal care which takes many visits. we initially will see them for their full physical to determine their base line health, and then enroll them in prenatal care which occurs over the next 9 months. group prenatal care is designed to give women the opportunity to bond during their pregnancy with other women that have similar due dates. our doctors here are family doctors. they are able to help these women deliver their babies at the hospital, at general hospital. we also have the wic program, which is a program that provides food vouchers for our families after they have their
children, up to age 5 they are able to receive food vouchers to get milk and cereal for their children. >> it's for the city, not only our clinic, but the city. we have all our children in san francisco should have insurance now because if they are low income enough, they get medical. if they actually have a little more assets, a little more income, they can get happy family. we do have family who come outside of our neighborhood to come on our clinic. one thing i learn from our clients, no matter how old they are, no matter how little english they know, they know how to get to chinatown, meaning they know how to get to our clinic. 85 percent of our staff is bilingual because we are
serving many monolingual chinese patients. they can be child care providers so our clients can go out and work. >> we found more and more women of child bearing age come down with cancer and they have kids and the kids were having a horrible time and parents were having a horrible time. how do parents tell their kids they may not be here? what we do is provide a place and the material and support and then they figure out their own truth, what it means to them. i see the behavior change in front of my eyes. maybe they have never been able to go out of boundaries, their lives have been so rigid to sort of expressing that makes tremendous changes. because we did what we did, it is now sort of a nationwide model. >> i think you would be surprised if you come to these clinics. many of them i think would be your neighbors if you knew that. often times we just don't
discuss that. we treat husband and wife and they bring in their kids or we treat the grandparents and then the next generation. there are people who come in who need treatment for their heart disease or for their diabetes or their high blood pressure or their cholesterol or their hepatitis b. we actually provide group medical visits and group education classes and meeting people who have similar chronic illnesses as you do really helps you understand that you are not alone in dealing with this. and it validates the experiences that you have and so you learn from each other. >> i think it's very important to try to be in tune with the needs of the community and a lot of our patients have -- a lot of our patients are actually immigrants who have a lot of competing priorities,
family issues, child care issues, maybe not being able to find work or finding work and not being insured and health care sometimes isn't the top priority for them. we need to understand that so that we can help them take care of themselves physically and emotionally to deal with all these other things. they also have to be working through with people living longer and living with more chronic conditions i think we're going to see more patients coming through. >> starting next year, every day 10,000 people will hit the age of 60 until 2020. . >> the needs of the patients that we see at kerr senior center often have to do with the consequences of long standing substance abuse and mental illness, linked to their chronic diseases. heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, stroke, those
kinds of chronic illnesses. when you get them in your 30's and 40's and you have them into your aging process, you are not going to have a comfortable old age. you are also seeing in terms of epidemics, an increase in alzheimer's and it is going to increase as the population increases. there are quite a few seniors who have mental health problems but they are also, the majority of seniors, who are hard-working, who had minimum wage jobs their whole lives, who paid social security. think about living on $889 a month in the city of san francisco needing to buy medication, one meal a day, hopefully, and health care. if we could provide health care early on m